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How to Password Protect Documents in MS Word 2013

Posted in Microsoft8 years ago • Written by Jenny AaronComments Off on How to Password Protect Documents in MS Word 2013

MS Word 2013 gives you an easier way to protect your documents by setting a password on them. It was not as convenient in the previous versions of MS Office as it is in MS Office 2013.

You need to password protect your documents if you are preparing a confidential and very secret documents related to your business. Sometimes you want to password protect your documents because you do not want others to see them. There are a lot of people who use a shared computer and they do not want other users to view their study notes and to copy them and thus, they look here and there for some quick ways to password protect their documents.

There are many software and online tools that can be used to set a password on your documents prepared in MS Word, but you do not need to use this software, if you are using MS Word 2013 as it contains a very short and easy way to protect your documents by setting a password on them. Here is how you can use this short, but very effective way to protect your documents by following the steps below.

Step 1: Launch MS Word and open the document that you need to protect from other people and click to the “File” category that is located at the very left side of upper corner in your document.

File menu in MS Word-1Step 2: The above action will open the menu of File where you need to click the “Protect Document” icon that lies in the right pane of the Window as it has been shown in the image below.

Protect Document Menu-2Step 3: Once you click on the Protect Document, it will show you a few options where you need to select the option “Encrypt with Password”.

Encrypt with Password Option-3Step 4: Now you will see a dialogue box that will show you a blank place where you have to type the password you want to set for your document. It should be an easy-to-remember password because if you forget it, you would not be able to open your document.

Now in the next window you need to re-type your password and click “OK” to apply the changes you have made. Thus, you have protected your document by setting a password.

Encrypt Document-4